We have put together some games and activities for you to use at home to encourage your child’s talking and listening. Some activities are aimed at developing your child’s understanding by using everyday activities. Our speech activities develop your child’s ability to hear speech sounds. Our language activities focus on supporting understanding of language.
The best way to encourage your child’s speech and language development is to do lots of talking and listening together. There is no need to have special tasks or extra time in the day to do this, it is always good to talk. This is why everyday activities like mealtimes, having a bath and even household chores, such as organising the washing, are perfect for developing your child’s speech and language skills. By using everyday activities, you can talk about events and situations that are very familiar to your child and it enables them to practice the language skills that they have already learned and to build on these skills.
Almost any daily event can be used, there are some ideas below to get you started.
To produce clear speech a child needs to be able to hear the difference between different sounds as well as be able to make individual sounds. This is called discrimination and it is one of the most important skills your child needs to master for learning to read as well as talk.
We have divided this page into two sections. In the first section you’ll find some online games for your child to play. These games are graded listening tasks.
In the second section you will find some activities for you to complete with your child to encourage good sound discrimination to help their reading and talking.
These games are to help develop your child’s ability to tell the difference between sounds and work out where sounds are in words. Both these skills are important for speaking as well as reading.
There are five different levels:
- Pirate Island Helps listen for single sounds
- Circus Helps identify sounds in simple words
- Haunted House Helps discriminate between socially unfamiliar words
- Racing Helps identify sounds at the beginning
- Submarine Helps identify sounds at beginning and ends of words
Use these games to encourage your child to hear single sounds and identify sounds at the beginning and ends of words.
We have put together lots of games and activities for you to use with your child at home to encourage their understanding and talking. We have divided this section into colour bands to show you the stage of development that activity is encouraging. Use our developmental tables to see what the next steps are for your child and then use the language activities to encourage the development of those skills. For example, if your child’s next language steps were in the green band on the development chart then choose from the green language activities.